On Thursday approximately 45 choristers from the internationally renowned Brymbo Male Choir and around 70 of their friends and relatives enjoyed an “Evening of Music” at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. The choir was led in most pieces by its Musical Director, Dr. David Evans, with Val Williams at the piano.
For other pieces their Conductor Emeritus, Mr Glyn Hughes led the choir accompanied by Dr Evans on the organ.
The concert began with 3 Welsh favourites for Male Voices: Llanfair, Bryn Myrddin and Cwm Rhondda.
At various points, to allow the choir to catch their breath, soloists gave brief interludes. These were Lynsey Blair (Flute and Clarinet), Beckii Roberts (vocal soloist), Seren Jones (Harp) and Dr Evans (Organ).
Other resounding pieces included Men of Harlech, I need Thee and When the Saints, whilst quieter pieces included Deep Harmony, Eli Jenkins’ Prayer and Si Hei Lwli ‘Mabi (both unaccompanied).
The invited audience were treated to the World Première of ‘Elergy’ by Dr Evans played by Lynsey Blair on her clarinet and accompanied by Dr Evans.
The evening was part of the ongoing fund-raising to help restore the (‘Willis’) organ at the Cathedral, and was arranged by Prof. Dr. Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire at the Cathedral.
The choir’s final piece was another traditional one for Male Voice Choirs: Gwahoddiad (naturally in Welsh).
The evening was brought to a close by resounding renditions of the Welsh and British National Anthems, interspersed by Coronation Fanfare, the anthems being both played and sung by those assembled.
Brymbo Male Choir will be holding their Annual Concert on Saturday 14 th July at the Catrin Finch Centre (Glyndwr University Campus), Wrexham from 7:30pm with their guest soloist Lydia Griffiths of West End fame, tickets are £10 each.
Brymbo Male Choir have their own website www.BrymboMaleChoir.co.uk and are now on twitter – @BrymboMaleChoir so get following!